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									              C      THE ADMISSION OF STUDENTS TO TAUGHT
                              PROGRAMMES



C1      Principles of admission
C 1.1   The admission of an individual applicant is at the discretion of the University.             In
        exercising this discretion, the University will be guided by the following considerations:

         i        the precepts of Bournemouth University Code of Practice on Admissions which is
                  based on the QAA Code of Practice Section 10, Recruitment & Admissions. (See
                  http://portal.bournemouth.ac.uk/).

        ii        there should be a reasonable expectation that anyone admitted to a programme
                  of study will be able to fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme and achieve
                  the standard required for an award available within the programme.

        iii       the ability to successfully complete and benefit from a programme should be the
                  basic criterion for admission, and this is not necessarily best evidenced by the
                  highest possible entry grade at A-level or equivalent.

        iv        in considering each individual applicant for admission to a programme of study,
                  evidence should be sought of personal, professional and educational experiences
                  that provide indications of ability to meet the demands of the programme.

        v         the procedures followed should ensure equality of opportunity for all applicants.
                  There shall be no discrimination against any applicant in relation to age, colour,
                  creed, disability, ethnic origin, gender, marital status, nationality, race, sexual
                  orientation or social class. The University's policies on equality of opportunity,
                  widening access and on students with additional learning needs provide further
                  detail. (See http://portal.bournemouth.ac.uk/).

        vi        the University does not distinguish between 'standard' and 'non-standard'
                  entrants, and defines the level of entry for each award in terms of equivalence to
                  certain qualifications rather than a compulsory general entry requirement. These
                  entry criteria, which may vary from programme to programme are set by Schools
                  using University-wide and subject specific qualifications. For programmes that are
                  jointly validated by the University and a professional body, criteria for entry will
                  also meet any requirements specified by the professional body. Within the
                  framework of admission criteria for programmes of defined duration leading to
                  defined awards, the regulations for particular programmes of study each describe
                  the knowledge, skills and other attributes required for admission (see A5).

        vii       except where a programme has been approved for delivery in another language,
                  the University must satisfy itself that the applicant has sufficient command of the
                  English language to complete satisfactorily the programme of study (see
                  Academic Procedures at http://portal.bournemouth.ac.uk/Documents.


C2      Admission to a programme
C2.1    Applicants may be admitted to the start of a programme of study if they meet the entry
        criteria for the programme as stated in the approved Programme Specification. Those
        requirements shall satisfy the University minimum entry requirements as well as the



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       programme specific requirements. A copy of the Standard Admission Regulations is
       included as Appendix C.

C2.2   Applicants may also be admitted on the basis of accreditation of prior learning (APL) as
       articulated below. See section C4 below and Academic Procedures for more detail of the
       process for the accreditation of prior learning.


C3     Admission to taught postgraduate programmes
C3.1   The normal entry requirement for a Master's programme is an Honours degree or a
       professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to an Honours degree. Other
       qualifications or experiences which demonstrate that a candidate possesses appropriate
       knowledge and skills at Honours degree standard may be acceptable. See Standard
       Admission Regulations Appendix B.


C4     Admission with credit
C4.1   Credit is an educational currency. It provides a means of quantifying learning at a given
       level. The University operates a credit-rated curriculum and hence credit is an award of
       the University. It is made to learners who have demonstrated attainment of specified
       learning outcomes. Credit is attached to units and is quantified on the basis of notional
       learning hours (See Section B4).

C4.2   Credit may be given for learning outside the programme for which the student wishes to
       register. Bournemouth University encourages prospective and existing students to
       consider their previous learning and, where appropriate, to claim credit for direct entry to
       programmes and/or exemption from parts of programmes. It operates on the principle
       that all genuine learning, however acquired, is deserving of credit towards an award
       provided that:

       i       it can be clearly identified and described;

       ii      its relevance and currency can be evidenced and assessed in relation to
               validated intended learning outcomes (ILOs);

       iii     it is at the same level and is appropriate to the subject of the award sought.

C4.3   The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is the term used for the process by which
       previous learning is identified, assessed against specific intended learning outcomes
       (ILOs) and formally acknowledged so that credit can be awarded for units or levels. Such
       learning ‘may have been recognised previously by an education provider. Alternatively it
       may have been achieved by reflecting upon experiences outside of the formal education
       and training systems’ (see QAA Guidelines on the Accreditation of Prior Learning Sept 04
       available at http://www.qaa.ac.uk/).       Within the concept of APL the University
       distinguishes between the assessment of prior certificated learning (APCL) and of prior
       experiential learning (APEL). It should be noted that paid or unpaid work can provide
       appropriate learning opportunities. It is the identification and articulation of this learning
       within an academic framework that leads to credit.

C4.4   APL is primarily a matter of academic judgement and assessment. It is not an
       admissions procedure as admission only allows the applicant the opportunity to study for
       awards and credit whereas APL actually provides applicants with credit. However, it can
       often occur within the admissions process. APL can only occur when credit is being
       awarded.




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C4.5   Students seeking accreditation should neither be advantaged nor disadvantaged compared
       with other students. The process must be transparent, rigorous, demonstrably fair and
       auditable.

C4.6   The School should establish and oversee School APL arrangements within the framework set
       out by the University. APL applications and decisions must be made using standard University
       procedures details of which are available in Academic Procedures.

C4.7   As credit is being awarded, all APL transactions must be approved by a Board of Examiners to
       ensure equivalence with the assessment of learning through more traditional routes. Credits
       awarded through APL will be recorded on the students’ transcript. The volume of credit that
       may be considered through the APL process is also defined in Academic Procedures.



C5     Exemption from placement

C5.1   Students may be deemed to have met the requirements for the placement experience period
       of a programme in the sandwich mode only by decision of a sub-committee of the Board of
       Examiners, based on the scrutiny of evidence of learning from an equivalent period of relevant
       experience. The record of such decisions shall facilitate audit. Students admitted on this
       basis will be eligible for an award in the sandwich mode.

C5.2   Applicants not deemed to have met the requirements for the placement element of a sandwich
       award, but having valid reasons not to undertake the placement, may be admitted to the
       programme in non-sandwich mode, provided that the sub-committee is satisfied that they have
       relevant experience which will enable them to fulfil the objectives of the programme. Students
       admitted on this basis will not be eligible for an award in the sandwich mode.

C5.3   Certain professional bodies may not recognise placement undertaken outside the programme.
       Individual programme specifications will provide details.


C6     Appeals
C6.1   The procedure for any applicant to appeal over the University’s admissions process is
       included in the University’s Admissions Appeals Procedure available at the following location:
       http://portal.bournemouth.ac.uk/.


C7     Audit
C7.1   To ensure consistent and equitable decisions, auditable records of all admission decisions
       should be retained.




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